Programming

Turner: TBS Touts Conan; 'Leverages' Fourth Night of Originals

TNT opens fourth night of originals by Moving Leverage to Sunday 5/24/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

Offering advertisers a glimpse of what his new show might
feel like on TBS, Conan O’Brien kicked off the Turner upfront
in typically zany fashion. The presentation, during which
Turner announced that Conan’s new talk show will debut Nov.
8, featured a video of an obese and bearded O’Brien idly lying on a trampoline while his daughter bounced
up and down, raiding his wine cabinet and
applying peanut butter to his toenails
for the dog to lick off until a fateful call
comes from TBS.

When O’Brien came out onstage, he
thanked Turner for giving him another
opportunity in TV and joked, “I really
believe in basic cable...I don’t want to live in a
country with less than six ESPNs.”

George Lopez, the man whose late-night
show is being pushed back an hour to accommodate
O’Brien’s new program, said he was
excited about the tandem of “Coco and Loco,”
adding, “We will do it again: the same-sex
Lucy and Desi.”

Turner Entertainment Networks President
Steve Koonin and programming topper Michael
Wright sketched out their TBS and
TNT summer and fall lineups, and trotted
out nearly every star of their returning and upcoming series. Among the new series on
TBS, Glory Daze, a comedy about young
college students in Wisconsin pledging
a fraternity in the 1980s, will debut its
eight-episode run in late 2010. New
animated series Neighbors From Hell,
featuring the voice of Molly Shannon,
kicks off in June. Ice Cube’s family
comedy Are We There Yet?, based on his movie
of the same name, will also start in summer
2010.

TBS has three one-hour scripted series in development.
The Wedding Band centers on four
friends who play together in a wedding band.
The Rabbit Factory follows a detective team of
a recent widow and a recently married man.
And The Catch focuses on a widower who reenters
the dating world.

In addition, the network is developing
two animated series: Good and Evel, about a
dysfunctional family and featuring the voices
of Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi, and The
Black Family
, about a blended interracial
crew.

In drama, TNT announced that Leverage
would be moving to Sunday night, giving that
network four nights of original programming.
TNT will also debut Franklin & Bash, about
unconventional young lawyers, as well as
Memphis Blues with Jason Lee. It also showed
a preview of Fallen Skies, from Steven Spielberg
and starring Noah Wyle, which debuts
next summer.

 

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